MUMBAI: Even as the police from Southern Maharashtra town of Solapur have claimed busting an interstate gang involved in diesel smuggling while killing a gangster in the encounter, relatives of Vinayak Kale, the deceased, have accused the police of fake encounter and killing him for want of money.
According to the official statement of the police, Vinayak Kale was killed in retaliatory firing by police when he and his associates attacked the security men for intercepting their car laden with weapons in Solapur district of Maharashtra in the wee hours of Sunday wherein three policemen including Solapur taluka police station in-charge Vijay Patil have received injuries.
The police team has found some inflammable material and weapons inside the vehicle which was intercepted on suspicion at around 3.30 am in Ulegaon around 400 km from Mumbai. Around four to five people were travelling in the vehicle attacked the police with swords and choppers upon being intercepted.
In the retaliatory firing one was killed while others escaped, the police said.
However, relatives of Kale have demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident while warning the authorities of fast unto death if the demand is not met. Vinayak had passed the 12th class and was preparing for police recruitment.
Police had been demanding money from him in a case and killed him in a fake encounter even while there was no case against him, his relatives said while declining to take possession of his dead body. There are marks of being severely thrashed on Vinayak's body.
Hence, the case needs to be thoroughly investigated, the relatives have said. The police, however, said that Vinayak had three cases against him including that of dacoity. Solapur police had been trying to trace an interstate gang of diesel smugglers and they suspected that Kale was part of the gang.
However, the case would be investigated as per the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) guidelines, superintendent of police Manoj Patil has assured.